Three former sports agents were sentenced to...

Three former sports agents were sentenced to prison for six months each by a federal judge in Tallahassee, Fla., on charges that they funneled illegal payments to University of Florida athletes in attempts to represent them in professional contract negotiations.

After pleading that they only tried to help the athletes, Gerald Gratenstein, John A. Kasbar and Glenn Haft were sentenced to minimum security facilities. A fourth agent, Gregory Latimer, received five years’ probation.

The men ran the Professional Athletes Financial Advisors, Inc., in Hollywood, Fla., until they were accused last year of paying several Florida athletes to sign with the agency.